Who They Are and What They Do…
A family practice physician is a medical doctor who provides continuing and comprehensive healthcare for the individual and the family. Family practice is a specialty which integrates the biological, clinical, and behavioral sciences. The Physician is typically referred to as the “Primary Care Physician” (PCP). Family Practice Focus:
- Includes all ages, organ systems and every disease entity
- Coordinates and refers for specialist intervention
- Focuses on wellness and prevention for patients
- Complete routine checkups, health risk assessments, immunization and screening tests, and personalized counseling
A family practice physician will have 4 years of undergraduate work in pre-med, 4 years of medical school, 1 year spent in an internship, and 3 years of family medicine residency and are eligible for the board certification now required by most hospitals and health plans.